Check out the costumes from Miss Universe’s National Costume Show

The costume portion of Miss Universe has always been a fan favorite. Audiences love to see their beauty queens dressed to the nines — in less conventional ways. It’s the perfect platform for a nation’s individuality to shine through. Their personality is perfectly expressed.

Catriona Gray’s very own outfit is a perfect example of that. Her costume is pieced together from parts that originated from the Philippines’ three different regions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The back piece even shows a portrait of Filipino life!

Of course, there’s Miss Japan’s (Yuumi Kato) much-awaited Sailor Moon costume as well. It doesn’t need much explanation of how significant this anime is to Japan’s culture.

Miss Thailand’s homage to the iconic Thai elephants needs little explanation here. Ever since the animal’s aid in their victory against would-be Colonial rulers the elephant has become a cultural symbol to the country.

Miss Panama similarly seems to be representing an animal. It looks to be a kind of bird, perhaps a peacock?

Miss Spain embodies a flamenco dancer but goes for a non-traditional white dress instead of the usual red.

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Miss Brazil seems to be representing some indigenous culture or perhaps tribal warriors from their culture.

Miss Paraguay shows off the beautiful fauna and flora which presumably originate from her home country.

And this one may possibly be my favorite: Miss Vietnam proudly representing her country’s staple food: the Bahn Mi!

What did you think of these costumes? Tell us which one reigns as your favorite! 


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